HOLY SEE, VATICAN ARCHIVES ON THE DICTATORSHIP PERIOD IN ARGENTINA WILL BE OPEN SOON Father Lombardi: ''We are carrying out classification. Then, consultation time and conditions will be discussed"

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A few months after his election, Bergoglio decided to divulge the Vatican archives that contain all the documents of the Church concerning the period of dictatorship in Argentina. To implement this intention, “which the Pope manifested long time ago”, “we are carrying out classification”, which “is expected to be completed over the next few months. Then consultation time and conditions will be discussed”. Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, declared it, adding that they are “trying to answer specific questions regarding particular issues of legal (rogatory) nature or humanitarian character” at the same time.

The opening of these archives might shed light on the disappearance of some desaparecidos during the years of the regime in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. The president of Relatives Association of people who were detained and disappeared for political reasons, Lita Boitano, mother of two missing children, is certain that materials can be found able to contribute to the identification of missing persons and to the discovery of the stolen children, the so-called recovered grandchildren.

“In those years of State terrorism, we, family members, denounced the human rights violations which were being committed in Argentina and wrote letters to the Vatican – she says -. There must be traces of this information”. Monsignor Guillermo Karcher, in May 2015 confirmed that the documents are now of public domain, adding that “the Secretary of State has already started to work on the issue of declassification of the Vatican archives, which concern dictatorship in Argentina.”

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